Fact Check: ‘Moderator’ Chris Wallace implies Trump never condemned white supremacists. Verdict: False

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The first presidential debate that transpired on September 29th was overwrought with back-and-forth, not only between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump – but also the moderator, Chris Wallace.

But what was all the more irritating was the implication that President Trump has yet to condemn white supremacy and the repeating of the “Charlottesville hoax”.

Debate host Wallace attempted to create a premise during the debate that President Trump has yet to denounce white supremacy by the manner in which he phrased the following question:

“You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left-wing extremist groups. But are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups – and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland?”

Despite the framing that suggested that President Trump has yet to condemn extremist groups linked to white supremacy – he did once again condemn the groups when he answered with:

“Sure, I’m willing to do that. But I would say, almost everything I see, is from the left-wing.”

Even ABC News has fact-checked the likes of Biden spouting this rhetoric of alleging that President Trump hasn’t distinguished a firm position against white supremacy. On September 17th, ABC News pointed out that in 2017, President Trump stated the following after the Charlottesville rally:

“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups.”

Furthermore, ABC News also pointed out that a month after those comments made by the president in 2017, he signed a congressional resolution that condemned white supremacy.

Then, following the El Paso and Dayton shootings in 2019, President Trump was also quoted as saying:

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy… These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”

So for Wallace to place an emphasis on the question during the debate by saying “but are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists,” the phraseology and tonality is suggesting that it’s a condemnation that has never been uttered by President Trump.

It’s fair to say that not only verbally condemning such groups – but even signing a congressional resolution that condemns said groups – is perhaps about as strong as a condemnation as one can achieve.

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Even with all this overwhelming evidence of President Trump’s stance on white supremacy being crystal clear, the “very fine people on both sides” soundbite managed to be brought into the fold by Wallace:

“President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville three years ago, when he talked about ‘very fine people on both sides’ was what directly led you to launch this run for president.”

During that line of questioning related to race relations, Biden acknowledged the mentioning of Charlottesville made by Wallace, when saying:

“Close your eyes, remember what those people looked like coming out of the fields carrying torches. Their veins bulging, just spewing anti-Semitic bile, and accompanied by the Klu Klux Klan – and a young woman got killed. And they asked what the president thought, and he said there ‘were very fine people on both sides.’”

This has been an ongoing soundbite recycled time and again, and is almost becoming exhausting to debunk in the framing it is always presented.

Yes, President Trump did mention that there “were very fine people on both sides” during an August 14th, 2017 press conference related to the what transpired in Charlottesville.

But during that same press conference, which is shown in the video below, one minute after making the remark of “very fine people on both sides,” President Trump clarified the statement:

“I’m not talking about neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally- but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”

Even during the debate that transpired on September 29th, President Trump challenged Biden to actually finish the statement that he was quoting from the president from back in 2017.

However, Wallace interjected President Trump’s challenge to set the record straight and once again redirected.

When looking back at these portions of the debate, it’s almost as though President Trump was essentially forced to debate both Biden and Wallace between ill-framing and intentional omissions.

In the meantime, an Australian law professor has become the third person to nominate President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. Professor David Flint argued that Trump “fully deserves the Nobel Peace Prize” following his peace negotiations in the middle east.

Flint was able to nominate President Trump for the prestigious award because he is a law professor.

The Nobel Peace Prize website outlines that there are a number of people who are qualified nominators including governmental heads, past Nobel Peace Prize winners, and certain university professors.

In an interview with Sky News Flint explained that the president’s negotiations, referred to as the “Trump Doctrine,” warrants the prize:

“He is guided by two things, which seem to be absent from so many politicians. He has firstly common sense and he is only guided by a national interest, and therefore, in our circumstances, an interest in the Western alliance.

What he has done with the Trump Doctrine is that he has decided that he would no longer have America involved in endless wars, wars which achieve nothing, but the killing of thousands of young Americans and enormous debts imposed on America.”

Flint gave the bottom line when he said:

“He went ahead and negotiated against all advice, but he did it with common sense. He negotiated directly with the Arab states concerned and Israel and brought them together.”

Flint is the third person to nominate President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. The both other nominations were from government officials in European countries.  One was a member of the Norweigan Parliament and the other was a member of the Sweedish Parliament.

The Norwegian official, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, explained his decision nominate Trump to Fox News saying:

“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.”

In Tybring-Gjedde’s nomination letter he wrote that Trump broke a streak of presidents creating violent conflict:

“Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter.”

Both nominators chose President Trump due to his unprecedented negotiations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Trump was able to stop Israel from annexing territory in the West Bank, which would bolster peace between Paleninians and Israelis. The peace deal also stopped the UAE’s boycott on Israel and began trade between the two counties.

President Trump’s work paved the way for peace in the middle east and, despite differing political opinions, he should be rewarded for his efforts.

WATCH the full interview below:

 

When President Trump began making the peace agreements Nancy Pelosi refused to acknowledge the importance of it. Pelosi claimed that the peace deals were a “distraction” rather than a historic show of progress between nations. Read the full story about bitter Pelosi below:

WASHINGTON, DC- Not that President Trump will lose sleep over it, but Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is not about to give him credit for anything. The president could literally find the cure for cancer and Pelosi and the Democrats would criticize him for it or suddenly be against a cure for cancer.

The latter is not too far fetched since Democrats, who have repeatedly criticized Trump for his coronavirus response, are now criticizing him for saying a vaccine may be only months away.

On Friday, Pelosi was being interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who asked:

“How much credit do you give the President of the United States for these peace agreements?”

“Well, hopefully they won’t—hopefully they will be beneficial [sic] to the region” the freshly coiffed Speaker of the House said, making a Freudian slip in the process.

“We’ve been waiting for a very long time for the president’s proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that honored the two-state solution. It was coming in two weeks, it was coming in two months, it was coming in six months—it still hasn’t come in any way that brought peace.”

 

“So, good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers or people who are dying from this virus only increases,’ Pelosi stated.

Pelosi is clearly a sick individual.

Recall a couple of weeks ago, when Pelosi busted San Francisco’s order on closing hair salons when she called to get her hair washed and blow dried.

After getting caught, instead of simply admitting that she  had used bad judgment, she said she was “set up” and demanded an apology from the owner of the salon. What’s the saying? Power corrupts—absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Pelosi, who couldn’t get nominated for head janitor for an outhouse, must be jealous that the president was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his efforts to secure peace agreements in various regions.

In the most recent case, the president was able to garner a peace deal between Israel and Bahrain. In a press release, the White House announced that the two countries had established full diplomatic relations. A few weeks ago, the president was able to get such a deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The current deal will see Israel and Bahrain exchanging embassies and ambassadors, start direct flights between the two countries, and engage a number of initiatives across multiple sectors in both countries.

The White House said that the deal will enhance the national security of both nations, while enabling them to deepen their economic ties with each other.

The two deals with Israel mean that the UAE and Bahrain were the first Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel in over 25 years.

The United States agreed to support Bahrain in their fight against terrorism and extremism in the region, help them to develop economically, and hopefully build new peaceful partnerships in the region.

The White House release continued that when President Trump took office, the Middle East “was in a state of extreme turmoil.”

To that end, the president worked to “rebuild trust with our regional partners and identify their shared interests, moving them away from the conflicts of the past.”

Trump’s experience as outlined in his book “The Art of the Deal,” showed his acumen at negotiating deals between two former adversaries and helping to buy into his vision in the region.

It is hoped that the deal with the two countries will encourage other Arab states to seek normal relations with Israel, thereby gaining stabilization in an area that has been fraught with turmoil for decades.

The deal also will, the White House says, “help to advance President Trump’s vision for finding a fair and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Pelosi’s comments did not go unnoticed in conservative leaning media, as reported by BizPacReview. Even normally neutral straight news reporters such as Bret Baier of Fox News weighed in on her comments, saying:

“This is quite an answer. No matter your party—and even if you don’t like all the details inside—the UAE and Bahrain peace deals with Israel are not “distractions.”

 

Geraldo Rivera commented:

“Can Democrats join Republicans to congratulate @realDonaldTrump on the peace deals between Israel, the UAE & now Bahrain. Plus, between Kosovo & Serbia. Credit where credit is due, no?”

 

The outlet also noted that where it concerns Israel and the Palestinians, Pelosi had rejected a Trump administration proposal earlier this year because the Palestinians are looking for all of Jerusalem, which is the historic capital of Israel for Jews.

When the proposal was announced, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said, “We rejected this deal from the start and our stance was correct.”

However some media pundits acknowledged the significance of the peace deals negotiated by the Trump administration.

“There was a time not too long ago when, if any US president had brokered peace deals between Israel and UAE, Israel and Bahrain, and Serbia and Kosovo, the news would have been plastered with the news for days upon end,” said investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson in a tweet last Friday.

 

Leaders around the world, however have commended President Trump’s efforts, with Norwegian politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde saying last week, “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game-changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.”

Tybring-Gjedde, who nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, said:

“Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States an international armed conflict.” He noted that he is not a fan of the president, but that people needed to look beyond their personal opinion of Trump.

“The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts—not on the way he behaves sometimes,” he said.

 

The president was also recognized for his work on the negotiations with Kosovo and Serbia, with Magnus Jacobsson, a Swedish parliamentarian, submitting the president for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I have nominated the U.S. Gov. and the governments of Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize for their joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House. Trade and communications are important building blocks for peace,” he wrote.

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